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A spouse to recreation and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity offers a chain of essays that follow a socio-historical standpoint to myriad elements of historical game and spectacle. Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire

• comprises contributions from more than a few overseas students with quite a few Classical antiquity specialties
• is going past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to check recreation in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
• contains a number of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and support researchers

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Toronto, 1963), pp. 20 What is at Stake in the Judaic Quest for Understanding diverging paths. One, the Zionist approach of Ben-Zion Dinur, is a frank secularization of the traditional, theological schema. Jewish history is written as the saga of expulsion from the homeland, the long exile, and the ensuing process of return and restoration. The popular, ideological counterpart of this way of thinking is to depreciate the historical relevance of the intermediate period in exile, when Jews did not make history but suffered it.

Nor could a historian world-historical Ideengeschichte, Many like centuries Zunz place much credence in the apologetic claim of more pragmatic idealogues for the world-historical significance of modernized and reformed versions of Judaism. If he believed that Jewish culture-history indeed deserved scholarly attention, it was the kind of attention merited by a distinguished, but terminated past. ^ Recounting the past as Ideengeschichte seems particularly appropriate in the case of the Jewish people, whose identity is so strongly anchored in a unique religious culture.

What this kind of general history found interesting in the Jewish past was only what had immediate significance from the perspective of one or another nationstate or the world-history it perceived. Much of what was published by Jewish scholars was thus seen as parochial and irrelevant. But whoever wished to present the Jewish past as a coherent narrative needed more than fragments selected as relevant to other models developments that brought Jewish history into but transient connection with general history did not make up a continuous, intelligible sequence of events.

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